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Does Your Child Have A Learning Disability?

by Nellie

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Last week I was invited to a luncheon to discuss children’s learning disabilities. I was very intrigued with this topic. Although I didn’t have a learning disability growing up I knew many kids that did. Back in my day in the Brooklyn public school system, if you weren’t getting it right away you would often be dumped in the special education class and that was the end of it. There was never any re-entry into the “regular” classes.

As parents, it can be very hard to distinguish what  a learning ability looks like. Often times when kids are having trouble grasping new materials, sometimes they just need a new way to look at things but other times, they could have a slight or serious learning disability.


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A few weeks ago, I was invited to a very eye opening event hosted by Understood.org,which was about educating parents and media about learning disabilities and how to manage them properly. When I arrived, I got a name tag with my name improperly spelled, then got a corrected name tag. Now the original improperly spelled name tag still sounded just like my name–it was an example of how some kids see words when they read them.

Understood.org’s Mission

Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.

SAMSUNG CSCThe Understood.org website gives you tons of resources to figure out if your child may have a learning disability. From signs and symptoms, to treatments and approaches, the website gives tons of free and valuable information to help you figure out if your child may need additional treatment to help them succeed properly in school.

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For example, There was a mother who came to share her story with us about her two sons. She had come from a straight A family with no learning issues whatsoever so she didn’t understand why her son was having a hard time in school. She became so frustrated and until she finally reached out to someone for help. What she found was that she was not alone, she found a community of families, and treatment options for her children. Her children are now doing so much better now that they have identified the issues and have informed their teachers and accommodated their coursework and teaching methods based on what issues they have.

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Another great feature of the website is the videos. They have kids themselves explain exactly what it feels like to have a learning disability. This was really eye opening especially for me because I couldn’t even conceive that kids would have these types of issues unless I saw it for myself, it really puts a face to the disability.

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I was really happy that I got the opportunity to learn about Understood.org, I am now equipped to help my own children should they ever need it and also share with friends and family whose children may be having a hard time in school. Learning disabilities are so real, but they are invisible. If you feel your child is struggling or having a hard time in school, check out the website. There are tons of resources that can help!

Do you or someone you know have a learning disability?

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5 comments

Janine Huldie November 10, 2014 - 6:42 am

I am always on the lookout for online information about learning for all types of learners and even though as of right now neither of my own kids are in need of any services for being learning disabled I will totally keep this in mind in case or for anyone I know that may be. Thanks Nellie;)

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kita November 10, 2014 - 8:56 am

I am always on the lookout to see if my kids are not learning or something is wrong. My daughter sees a lot of words backwards so I am hoping it’s just the 5 year old thing but I am going to monitor her

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Britt November 10, 2014 - 5:07 pm

My mother is a speech pathologist and has worked with special education children and children with disabilities her entire career. Her entire philosophy is that the kids should be in the classroom as much as possible and it is a process of working with the child until they can get to the point where they can function in the “regular” classroom setting.

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Leslie November 10, 2014 - 10:58 pm

I have several fancily members with learning disabilities (from ADD/ADHD to dyslexia and dysgraphia), and we all know how much identification and treatment of these issues makes such a huge difference. Thanks for spreading the word!

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Tamara November 11, 2014 - 12:57 pm

I think I had a few blocks in my life.. emotional stuff. It’s too soon to really tell with my kids, but what an important luncheon.
I think disability or not, kids just all have a unique way of learning. It’s wonderful to be talking about it.

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